Intel and ESL launch Global Esports Forum

Intel and ESL have today announced the inaugural Global Esports Forum, a one day esports conference for brands, sponsors, analysts, investors and media in the esports space. The event will take place on March 1st, 2018, one day before IEM Katowice gets underway in Poland. 

The theme of the day is: Unleashing the Next Billion Esports Fans. The Global Esports Forum has invited 500 industry executives for a one-day programme with panels, keynotes, deep dive tracks, data presentations, and networking opportunities.

This forum will feature four tracks:

  • Main Track, featuring panels and keynotes that address the most current themes in the esports industry, including the future of esports structures, marketing strategies, and technology that will help unlock esports for the next generation of fans and players.

Speakers featured include: John Bonini (VP/GM of VR, Esports and Gaming, Intel), Ralf Reichert (CEO, ESL), Nicola Piggott (The Story Mob), Victor Goossens (Co-CEO, Team Liquid), and Luis Correia (CEO, Polaris Sport).

  • Deep Dive sessions, featuring workshops and presentations from industry experts in the fields of investment, branding, communications & public relations and esports infrastructure development.

Presenters featured include Michal Blicharz (VP Pro Gaming, ESL), Arnd Benninghof (CEO, MTGx), Vera Wessolek (Mercedes-Benz), and Viktor Wanli (CEO, Kinguin).

  • Data Track, featuring international research firm Newzoo, who will present the latest findings from the Global Esports Report. Delegates will be able to review the latest data and demo Newzoo’s proprietary Data Explorer for more insights into the esports market.
  • Invite Only Expert Discussion, led by the head of UK’s Women in Gaming initiative, David Smith, this will be a workshop focused on reviewing existing and planned initiatives for increasing and maintaining female participation in careers in tech, gaming and esports.

Esports Insider says: It’s great to see Intel and ESL take the initiative and invite those attending Katowice to knowledge share and learn. With Esports BAR finished, and the Esports Insider Super Forum fast approaching – there’s a host of top tier events for those interested in learning more about the esports world.